Headstart Startup Saturday witnesses a mixed bag from diversified fields, but the theme was largely online
On the second Saturday of the month of April, four cities across the country witnessed Headstart Startup Saturday events. New Delhi saw the fourth such event hosted at the American Center with around 60 participants.
First up was Sony Joy, co-founder and COO, Mobme. He spoke about how he started from scratch and followed his dreams. Mobme is a mobile media and entertainment startup. It enables users and businesses to share and broadcast rich mobile content on a platform easily accessible by users. Mobme has setup two-way Bluetooth hotspots at more than 100 locations across India. He faced questions from the audience for around 30 minutes.
Next were Vineesh and Aniruddha. They talked about their online venture Weboword. Their business is based on “visual vocabulary.” They were of the view that improving vocabulary would be simpler if one tried to understand the meaning of words visually. They discussed requirements and exchanged ideas with the audience.
Third was Arun. A designer by profession, he works for Slide Share. He explained many critical aspects of design as a communication tool. He quoted some interesting examples from Twitter, Google, YouTube and, of course, Slide Share.
Organized at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai’s Startup Saturday celebrated its anniversary. Professionals from varying horizontals like sales, marketing, human resources, legalities, and accounts and finance shared their expertise in relation to startups.
The first speaker was Ratan K.K. who talked about the role of human resources and issues related to it in a startup business. He touched upon the relevance of passion, belief, and motivation in driving a business idea. Next, Swati Khole, senior vice-president at CRP Technologies spoke about the basic concept of sales, covering the research aspects of finding prospective clients and value propositions.
Third to speak was Milind Agarwal, director of business development, SMS Gupshup. He highlighted some aspects of marketing and sales essential for business growth. The fourth speaker, Suresh Sharma, founder and CEO, AutoNagar.com, an auto portal, also spoke about marketing.
Ranjeet Pawar, head of marketing, India, at TCS, spoke about marketing to enterprise consumers. He stressed on the importance of having a customized sales pitch ready for every person from the client’s team. Prof. Balkrishna Parab from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, spoke about legal issues concerning startups. He demystified contracts, agreements, MOUs, etc. Accounting and bookkeeping issues were covered by Kinjal Jhaveri a chartered accountant. Mumbai also witnessed a short discussion by Faisal Farooqui, CEO, Mouthshut.com, who spoke about how he started after leaving a lucrative job in the US in 2000. He spoke about various aspects, including the disappointments, which entrepreneurs have to suffer.
In Bangalore the April Startup Saturday registered over 100 attendees. Like Mumbai, Bangalore also had a long list of entrepreneur speakers, but here sports-based services dominated. There were five demonstrations and one idea discussion.
Anand Gopalakrishna, founder, Crickick.com, kickstarted the event. His online venture is a 2007 December startup on cricket statistics. Then came a demonstration from Vaibhav Tandon, business head, IndiaKhelo.com, which is a sports networking portal. Third was Nandan Kamath of GoSports who spoke on the need to provide encouragement to talented youth who have a passion for sports, besides discussing his business model. This was followed by a light discussion by Amalore Jude who spoke about his building idea called Kompete, a platform for competition analysis.
Ashish Sinha, a product manager with Yahoo, chipped in with details about his upcoming workshop on product management discipline for startups. Last, Najunda Palecanda of iPredict gave a demonstration. iPredict is a Web-based prediction engine for IPL cricketing teams.
Hyderabad also witnessed a well-attended event. The city had five speakers. The event started with Ramesh Loganathan, MD, Progress Software. Second was Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager–, developer and platform evangelist, Microsoft Bizspark Program. He spoke about the services Microsoft Bizspark offers to early-stage startups. Other prominent speakers were Saurav Patnaik of Pramati and Mamtha Banerjee, founder, Investment Yogi.
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